Fire doors are designed to save lives which is why it is so important for us to be aware of the condition and security of our fire doors, and to fix anything that’s wrong straight away.
By wrong, we mean anything that would stop doors from working as they should. For instance, if they are not closing properly, if the locks or handles are damaged, or if doors are missing hinges or hanging off their frames.
New Fire Safety Regulations
The new Fire Safety (England) Regulations will come into effect from 23 January 2023. In relation to fire doors, they will require us to provide information to our customers in all blocks where there are more than two homes that explains:
- fire doors should be kept shut when not in use
- customers or their visitors should never tamper with the self-closing devices
- customers should report any faults or damages with doors immediately to us
We must provide a copy of this information to a new customer as soon as we can after they move into their home and to all customers every 12 months from January 2023.
You can help to keep you, your family and your neighbours safe by reporting any damage you see to a fire door whether it is in your block, or your own personal front door, as soon as possible.
And, as always, please never prop or wedge fire doors open.
If you live in a block, or scheme and you want to know more about how we are responsible for fire safety, please get in touch. We are always happy to help and we’d love to hear your feedback on how we can improve.